MANCHESTER, England (AP) – Liverpool met again with the goal but Mohamed Salah’s double could not save them from elimination in the FA Cup when they succumbed 3-2 to Manchester United on Sunday.
The Egyptian striker put Liverpool ahead in the 18th minute, but Mason Greenwood leveled eight later and Marcus Rashford put United ahead in the 48th.
After Salah tied at 58, Bruno Fernandes nailed a free kick at 78 for United to move into the round of 16.
“The boys were quite lavish,” said Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp. “We suffered from the backlash. It was a very intense game, but with positive things.
The loss, however, capped an ill-fated week for Liverpool, who lost 1-0 at home to Burnley on Thursday to further compromise their chances of revalidating their Premier League title. The 0-0 draw with United a week ago allowed their classic rival to hold on to the lead.
On a frigid day at Old Trafford, the duel between the two fiercest rivals in English football resulted in the most goals since 2010.
United advanced to the next stage alongside Chelsea, Leicester and Burnley. He will face West Ham next month.
Liverpool haven’t scored goals for 483 minutes in the league, but they remembered the net’s location in the cup. Roberto Firmino filtered a ball to Salah, who raised his Dean Henderson shot from close range for the first goal.
But the advantage was short-lived. After a ball recovered by Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek enabled Rashford down the left wing and the diagonal was served at the feet of Greenwood.
Greenwood returned courtesies early in the second half by giving Rashford the ball down the middle and the forward hit the net for his 15th goal in all competitions this season.
But United paid dearly for a mess by Edinson Cavani. James Milner intercepted the ball and exchanged passes with Firmino before leaving it to Salah, who finished with a shot that slipped between the legs of Andy Henderson.
Fernandes’ entry was key, as has been customary in the last year. Having the opportunity to secure the victory, the Portuguese midfielder finished warped over the barrier and deposited the ball into the net.
THE CUP SMILES AT CHELSEA
With snow at Stamford Bridge, Tammy Abraham billed a hat trick for Chelsea to dispatch 3-1 to Luton.
Abraham tallied 11 goals on the season after scoring twice in the first seven minutes. The forward sentenced the victory at 74. An umpteenth mistake by goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga allowed Jordan Clark to discount for Luton at half an hour.
Timo Werner missed a penalty in the final minutes, in another frustrating game for the German striker.
Chelsea will meet another lower-division club, Barnsley, in the round of 16.
It was a soothing win for embattled manager Frank Lampard after five defeats in eight Premier League games.
Brentford, who eliminated four Premier teams to reach the semifinals of the current edition of the League Cup, was excited about another hit when he took the lead with a goal from Danish defender Mads Bech Sorensen in the sixth minute.
But visiting Leicester turned it around within six minutes at the start of the second half. James Maddison snubbed behind Brentford before releasing the ball for Turkish winger Cengiz Under to equalize the score.
Youri Tielemans was brought down inside the area by Tariqe Fosu and the Belgian midfielder was in charge of converting the penalty. Maddison declared the final 3-1 in the 71st by capitalizing on a rebound left after Harvey Barnes’ shot.
Leicester will intersect with Brighton in the next phase.
Jay Rodriguez scored a double in Burnley’s 3-0 win at Fulham. They were the 31-year-old forward’s first goals since July.